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Brent Barkway, CGBP

Business Development Manager
(727) 464-7411  -- Bio –


Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

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Virtual Export Assistance 

Did you know that firms that export, grow faster, create more jobs, and their employees earn more than non-exporting firms? Global Tampa Bay presents this new initiative to bring to Tampa Bay businesses virtual export assistance programs.

To learn more, please contact Brent Barkway at



Pinellas County offers customized assistance for export planning and can serve as a single point of contact for international business programs available at Federal, State and local levels. We provide assistance with trade mission planning, including Gold Key matchmaking events, international marketing plans, and international trade show grants.   

Our office also can assist with Foreign Direct investment projects and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)  benefit analysis

If you're considering new international markets for your business, contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411.

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Global Tampa Bay focuses on FDI in France
Pinellas County Economic Development traveled with our Global Tampa Bay partners to France to explore foreign direct investment opportunities with several companies poised for expansion into the U.S. market. We look forward to working with these French companies very soon to create new career opportunities in Tampa Bay.

Global Tampa Bay Export Sales Mission to Brazil, August 2019 ($2.8 million in sales realized and projected)
Pinellas County Economic Development, in partnership with Global Tampa Bay, traveled to Brazil for a trade mission with Florida businesses from August 12-15. Managers and executives representing eight companies participated in 73 Gold Key Meetings to further their export sales within the Brazilian market.  Very preliminary projections indicate that nearly $2.4 million in sales could be realized as a result of this mission; $412,000 in actual sales have been recorded to date. The next Global Tampa Bay trade mission will be to Peru in April 2020.  Please contact Brent Barkway at or (727) 464-7411 for more information about Peru.

Read more about this mission at WUSF: Tampa Bay Export Sales Mission to Panama, March 2019  ($7.35 million in sales projected)
Pinellas County with our Global Tampa Bay partners announced that the participating companies in last month’s export sales mission to Panama have projected future sales and economic activity of $7.35 million as a result of the trip.  Highlights of the trip included the Ambassador’s Reception where Commissioner Karen Seel, Chair of the 2019 Pinellas Board of County Commissioners, touted the advantages of the Tampa Bay region for growing businesses.

Global Tampa Bay Sales Mission to Chile, October 2018  ($3.35 million in sales projected)
Global Tampa Bay announced today that the participating companies in October’s export sales mission to Santiago, Chile have projected future sales and economic activity of approximately $3.35 million as a result of the trip. Eight companies from the Tampa Bay region participated in approximately 53 meetings with potential customers that resulted in the expected export sales.

Global Tampa Bay Export Sales Mission to Mexico City, Mexico, April 2018 ($15.3 in sales projected | $35 million in economic activity projected)
Forty-one business leaders and elected officials from the Tampa Bay region traveled to Mexico to participate in the first official mission conducted as Global Tampa Bay, formerly the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. Fifteen local companies participated in the U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Services Matchmaker program, which conducted approximately 80 meetings with potential customers that resulted in actual and expected export sales. The mission resulted in projected future sales and economic activity  of approximately $35.3 million.

TBEA Export Sales Mission to Bogota, Colombia, September 2017 ($6.9 million in sales projected)
The Tampa Bay Export Alliance's Export Sales Mission to Bogota, Colombia was a resounding success for the nine companies (four from Pinellas) and twenty delegates that participated. The mission resulted in projected sales of $6.9 million and $700,000 in sales closed during the mission.

TBEA Trade Mission to the Dominican Republic, December 2016 ($6.8 million in sales projected)
Thirteen Tampa Bay companies participated in the U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Service (GKS) Matchmaker program, which provided customized one-on-one meetings with companies in the Dominican Republic. These Gold Key companies conducted approximately 140 meetings with potential customers that resulted in the nearly $6.8 million in actual and expected export sales. Read more

TBEA Trade Mission to Costa Rica, April 2016 ($12.1 million in sales projected)
"The trade mission to Costa Rica was one that allowed the Tampa Bay region to shine across sectors," said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development.  "We were encouraged to see companies in industries from pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to fuel management and authentic craft brewing joining us for this mission and finding a receptive market for their products and services."

Fourteen companies participated in the U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Matching Service. The program provides customized one-on-one meetings with companies in Costa Rica. The Gold Key companies, which conducted more than 70 meetings with potential customers, reported 116 sales leads and $12.1 million in actual and expected export sales. Click to read more...

TBEA Trade Mission to Canada, October 2015 ($4.1 million in sales projected)

$4.1 Million in Projected Sales from TBEA Trade Mission to Canada

VIDEO: Canada Trade Mission Results 10/2015

PICS: View photos from the Canada Mission

TBEA Travels to Canada

TBEA Announces Canada Mission

TBEA Trade Mission to Chile, December 2014 ($9 million in sales projected)

Export Alliance group returns from Chile with good leads:  Five Pinellas companies sent representatives to Chile: Hydro-Dyne EngineeringCustom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc.,  Eckerd CollegeGrinder Wear Parts, and SOS Technologies. The result? An anticipated $9 million in export sales - a resounding success, as told by participants at a press conference/mission recap upon their return.

PICS: View photos from Chile and the recap/press conference on our Facebook page.

VIDEO: Chile Trade Mission Fast Forward (2 min)

VIDEO: Chile Trade Mission in Depth Overview (12 min)

VIDEO:  BayNew9 Interview Recap of Chile Mission

 TBEA International Town Hall

VIDEO coming soon: 2016 Tampa By International Town Hall 5/2016

VIDEO: 2015 Tampa Bay International Market Overview (2 min)10/2015

VIDEO: 2014 Tampa Bay International Town Hall (2.5 min) 5/2015

TBEA Video Archive

VIDEO: Canada Trade Mission Results 10/2015 (3 min) 10/2015

VIDEO: Tampa Bay International Market Overview (2 min) 10/2015

VIDEO: 2015 Tampa Bay International Town Hall (3 min) 05/2015

VIDEO: Chile Trade Mission Fast Forward (2 min) 12/2014

VIDEO: Chile Trade Mission In Depth Overview (12 min) 12/2014

VIDEO: BayNew9 Interview Recap of Chile Mission (8.5 min) 12/2014

VIDEO: 2014 Tampa Bay International Town Hall (2.5 min) 5/2014

VIDEO: TBEA: Year in Review (2 min) 11/2015


Tampa Bay Market Assessment of the Brookings Tampa Bay Metropolitan Export Exchange Initiative:  
Explore more about Tampa Bay's Export challenges, how we can cooperate to compete, the region's export industries and top Tampa Bay export destinations.




Co-located Partner Resources for Export Assistance


Tampa Bay US Export Assistance Center
13805 58 Street N., Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760

Sandra Campbell, Director

Phone: (727) 893-3738
Fax: (727) 893-3839


Sandro Murtas, SBA Export Programs and Financing
Phone (727) 464-7177

 Links to Trade Missions & International Events

Events from Enterprise Florida 

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Florida Events from

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Target Sector Trade Event Grants are available from Enterprise Florida to qualified Florida companies to offset costs for some of these events. Click here to learn more.


Click here for a list of Enterprise Florida International Offices

Florida's Export Directory, List Your Company- Take advantage of this opportunity for increased international visibility. The Florida Export Directory partners with The Export Yellow Pages, the official export directory of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Foreign Trade Zones and Export Assistance
Foreign-trade zones (FTZs) continue to drive the U.S. economy by saving companies money and preserving jobs in the US manufacturing sector. Data contained in the newly released: "The Impact of the Foreign-Trade Zones on the 50 States & Puerto Rico" (Pinellas is on Page 26) indicates that FTZs play an even more important role in driving the economy. Learn more about Pinellas County's FTZs. Contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or for additional assistance.

Profit from United States Trade and Development Agency Projects
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) assists in the economic growth, and pursues U.S. commercial interest, of developing and middle income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. The USTDA offers business opportunities abroad to domestic firms through contracts providing technical assistance or training, or conducting early investment analysis/feasibility studies. For more information about the USTDA and their current grant and contracting opportunities for US companies, visit

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Industry Pages

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Defense and Homeland Security One Sheet 2017 PDF (1.21 MB) Administration 6/8/2017
Manufacturing Organizations List PDF (40.96 KB) Administration 1/17/2018
Qrtly Vacancy & Rental Rates PDF (66.66 KB) Administration 7/13/2020
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